Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Networking"...or Not!

Communications and internet access have been problematic for over a week now for many of us at the north end of Luxor. While we now have landline connections back, who knows when we can expect internet access. Some shady guys took advantage of work that was being done on phone and data lines on 2nd Street to steal what they thought was copper wiring! It's not copper but an alloy--surprise! surprise! In any case, the phone company is still trying to restore all service. CH photographer Yarko took this amusing photo of the work site last week:
Some "conspiracy theorists" ;] have suggested that the phone and data service providers such as Vodafone arranged for the theft so they could boost sales of mobile broadband USB sticks and service plans. Well, I did rush down to Vodafone on Tuesday to do that very thing!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

KV 64 Continued: New Video

A video (in German) filmed by Suzanne Bickel showing work in the new tomb and the opening of the coffin:
Tagesschau  vom 22.01.2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

KV 64: New Tomb in the Valley of the Kings

You can get everything you need to know from the following websites, so I will keep my commentary to a minimum. Indeed, all I'll say right now is "a roughly 1,100 year-old tomb"?? Really? That would mean she was buried in 900 AD? Oh for some decent copy editors!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snow in Egypt (continued)...

This video shows a car trip between Cairo and Alexandria. Quite a bit of snow on the side of the road.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Visiting Harwa

Check out Francesco Tiradritti's post on the Harwa website with a great group photo from our visit to the tomb last Sunday:
9 Gennaio - Visita della Chicago House
The Cannella of my previous post is the Casa Italia cat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kissing Cousins?

We had a lovely lunch at Casa Italia on the West Bank Sunday after visiting the Italian Mission at the tomb of Harwa. Imagine my surprise when in through the gate walked what looked like Ozzie! Well, it obviously wasn't, but Cannella (Cinnamon in Italian) bears a striking resemblance to our Ozzie (short for Ozymandias). Cannella's head may be a little rounder and her ears a little shorter. They were both born on the West Bank, so they could be related... You decide!
Cannella again

Friday, January 06, 2012

The Batata Man!

I was out in front of CH yesterday afternoon, admiring the newly-laid sod, when who should come rolling down the Corniche but the Batata Man!
One of my favorite "people" shots from Cairo is also a Batata Man:
Let's hear it for the Batata Man!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

New Year's morning balloon flyover:
The cake-icer may have gotten a bit carried away with the date--here's wishing you a happy 20021!!